I have been a spectator for a while on this forum. I have watched a soap opera unfold and I need not name the central characters. I, myself do not dislike AA. I do not believe the 12 step programme is a treatemnt for alcohol abuse. I agree, in large principle with the Orange Papers. I made some good friends in AA whom remain there and they respect my choices as I respect theirs. Anyway, my point is this, I do not particuarly come down on any side here in terms of being either anti or pro AA (and I mean the fellowship of AA).
It is quiet obvious that the strongest dislike of AA on here appears to be the mandate system. Here in the UK our legal system does not provide for it. However, as with many states in the USA, I agree AA is a religuous organisation and therefore State and Church should never mix.
A recent post on here highlighting the extreme of the mandate system illustrates a good reason for a dislike of the mandate system. However, this is not the first of it's kind and one only has to reveiw the history of this forum to see that research of the highest calibre is undertaken to find any kind of story linking, regardless of how tenuous the link, any abuse case to AA. There is one particular poster who must have files full of this research into how dangerous the mandate system is.
My question is this:
Have the anti AA group ever put together all this research and presented it to anybody outside this forum?
Has anybody presented their concerns to politicians, the press, Addiction centres, the medical profession...in fact anybody who could legitimately assist in getting the message out there?
Or is it better to sit at your keyboard and just obsess and hate regurgitating the same arguments over and over again but more childishly as it repeats?